[Eril-l] Core e-Forum: From Reactive to Proactive: Tech Today and Post-COVID
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Core e-Forum: From Reactive to Proactive: Tech Today and Post-COVID
September 29-30, 2020
Moderated by Carolyn Coulter, Carson Block, Elizabeth Smith, and Bonnie
Please join us for an e-forum discussion. It’s free and open to everyone!
Registration information is at the end of the message.
Each day, discussion begins and ends at:
Pacific: 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Mountain: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Central: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Eastern: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
COVID-19 has rocked our world, and has placed us squarely in an ongoing
“reactive mode.” While reacting is a natural response to our ever-changing
situation, many of us haven’t had the opportunity to look ahead to a
post-COVID library world, and start thinking strategically about what’s
In this Core e-Forum, moderators Carolyn Coulter and Carson Block will pose
discussion questions designed to turn your reactive experiences into
strategic ideas after COVID runs its course. Carolyn and Carson will
receive moderation assistance from Liz Smith and Bonnie Nichols.
On day one, our topic centers on today. What is your immediate reaction to
COVID and the current ongoing situation? What can technology help us do now?
On day two, our questions are focused on the future. What ongoing/permanent
changes can technology help us achieve? For long term service changes, how
can we better leverage technology to meet our challenges?
Carolyn Coulter: Over the course of 25-plus years in library service,
Carolyn has had the privilege of working in various types of library
organizations. She began her career at Gaylord Information Services (later
Polaris). She later took a position at the Boston Public Library and served
as the Applications Manager and eventually the Chief Technology Officer.
>From Boston, She moved to the Pikes Peak Library District in Colorado,
where she held the position of Information and Virtual Services Officer, in
charge of both the IT and Technical Services departments. She is now the
Director of the PrairieCat, a multi-type library consortium in northern
Illinois serving 136 member libraries.
Carson Block has led & loved library technology efforts for more than 25
years. He's been called a "Geek who speaks English" and occasionally
compared to Ferris Bueller and Calvin (and Hobbes). Carson is dead serious
about the essential and positive community impacts of libraries and focuses
his consulting practice on helping libraries increase their capacity to
serve patrons. Carson is the author of Library Information Systems (with
Joe Matthews; Libraries Unlimited 2019) and Managing Library Technology: A
LITA Guide (Rowman & Littlefield 2017).
Elizabeth Smith is the Training and Outreach Coordinator at PrairieCat, a
multi-type library consortium with 136 members. In her role, she
coordinates the consortium’s online training platform so members can access
self-paced and on-demand training. She also manages continuing education
and engagement opportunities for the member libraries.
Bonnie Nichols is Carson Block’s assistant. She worked at the Poudre River
Public Library District’s Circulation Department for almost 10 years. A
book lover since childhood, her life has been meaningfully impacted by
librarians and libraries from the very beginning. She remains a vocal
advocate for libraries and the services they provide.
What Is an e-Forum?
A Core e-forum provides an opportunity for librarians to discuss matters of
interest, led by a moderator, through the e-forum discussion list. The
e-forum discussion list works like an email listserv: register your email
address with the list, and then you will receive messages and communicate
with other participants through an email discussion. Most e-forums last two
to three days. Registration is necessary to participate, but it's free.
For information about upcoming e-forums, please visit
How to Register
You must register your email address to subscribe to or access an
electronic discussion list on ALA's Mailing List Service. Once you have
registered for one e-forum, you do not need to register again, unless you
choose to leave the list. Find instructions for subscribing and
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If you have any problems, please contact eforum-help-request at lists.ala.org.
*Posted on behalf of the Core Continuing Education Committee.*
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